New York City police are facing another chokehold-related controversy after photos released by an East New York advocacy group appear to show a NYPD officer with his arm around the neck of a seven-months-pregnant woman.
According to the New York Daily News, officials are investigating the Saturday incident in which Rosan Miller, 27, was initially approached by officers while she was grilling on a public sidewalk, which is illegal under local law. In the images, the officer appears to place his arm around Miller’s neck and she struggles against him. Miller; her husband, Moses Miller; and her brother John Miller all ended up being arrested in the incident.
John Miller was charged with harassment and obstruction of justice. Moses Miller, 34, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction, and Rosan Miller received a summons for disorderly conduct.
On Monday, the group People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect released the photos of the arrest.
Former Brooklyn councilman Charles Barron said that he contacted the police when he learned of the arrest and complained about the treatment of the Millers. He added that he requested that officers “expedite” the family’s release, reports the Daily News.
"This was all over a grill," Barron said. "This is about grilling in front of her house."
Over the past few weeks, the NYPD has faced some intense questions regarding the use of excessive force by its officers during arrests.
On Friday, NYPD Officer Joel Edouard was placed on modified assignment after cell phone video was released showing him apparently stomping on suspect Jahmiel Cuffee's head during his arrest earlier in the week. And 43-year-old Eric Garner died while being arrested by NYPD officers on July 17. He was placed in a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo during the arrest and became unresponsive as he was being forced to the ground.
As with Miller's arrest, both Garner and Cuffee’s arrests were captured on the cell phone of a witness at the scene. Pantaleo has been put on desk duty and the NYPD has launched an investigation into the incident.